Leesburg Jackets Trample Winter Park 46 to 0, Page 1, Wednesday, November 12, 1961, Leesburg High School, 1401 Yellow Jacket Way, Leesburg, Florida 34748, Gerald Lacey, Staff Writer, Carver Heights Quarterback Club
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Leesburg Yellow Jackets vs. Wildwood Wildcats, High School Football Game

Teams Seek Answers In Classics

Lake Sports - High School Football
August 24, 2001|By Joe Williams, Sentinel Staff Writer
Orlando Sentinel
Updated: Tuesday, May 19, 2015, 10:27 a.m.

LEESBURG -- As the first three weeks of fall drills have evolved at Leesburg, one of the most
interesting battles taking place is the one for quarterback.

For now, it's a three-way battle between Jermaine Orr, Leonard Mickens and Chris Bonynge.

Just who the team's quarterback will be might be answered tonight when Leesburg hosts Wildwood in
one of six Kickoff Classics that will be played involving schools from Lake and Sumter counties.

The Kickoff Classic is the one preseason game the Florida High School Activities Association allows
schools to play before the season begins next Friday night.

The game can be played under various formats, allowing participation by junior-varsity and varsity
players.

The only area team not taking part in a Classic is South Sumter, which is putting all its efforts into next
week's season-opener against Crystal River.

For Leesburg Coach Bud O'Hara, tonight's game against Wildwood at 7:30 in Memorial Field/Dabney
Stadium, will help answer a couple of questions: Who will fill the offensive tackle spots and who will be
the team's quarterback?

"We don't have a clue,'' O'Hara said about the quarterback spot. "We are going to play all three of them
and see what happens.''

Wildwood Coach Gary Hughes hopes the game gives his team a chance to find out just how good the
offensive line will be and how bad the inexperience is on defense.

"All of our experience, at least the vast majority of it is in our offensive line,'' Hughes said. "The
inexperience is on defense and in the skill positions.''

The JV teams play the opening quarter and the varsity teams will play the final three periods.

West Orange at South Lake, 7:30 p.m.

Format: JV first quarter, varsity last three quarters.

When South Lake and Oak Ridge, South Lake's Kickoff Classic opponent the past two years, moved
into the same district, South Lake Coach Charles Weems started looking for another opponent and
found one 10 miles down State Road 50.

Though West Orange is a bigger school (Class 6A), it is a natural geographic rival for 5A South Lake.
And it should provide a good test for the Eagles.

"What we try to do with the Classic is find somebody close,'' Weems said. "They are a good football
team, they are very athletic and their strengths are our weaknesses. It is good that we can play
somebody like that in a game that doesn't count.''

This will be a game for the Eagles to test their offensive and defensive backfields, hit hard by
graduation.

Umatilla at Deltona, 7:30 p.m.

Format: Varsity first three quarters, JV in fourth quarter.

Coming off an impressive showing in its spring game against Eustis, Umatilla will be looking to build
upon that momentum tonight against the Wolves.

"We feel like we built in the spring and if we go over there and have a big letdown that would be like
taking a step back for us," Umatilla Coach Ron Timson said.

Deltona, which plays an independent football schedule, is a much larger school than Class 2A
Umatilla. The Wolves, for instance, are classified as a Class 5A school in basketball.

Tavares at Chiefland, 7:30 p.m.

Format: Varsity for four quarters.

Tavares will be looking to find something it can build on going into the season, though the Bulldogs
are banged up with several players including Phillip Hughley (TE/DE), John Howard (FB/LB), Sean Hill
(LB) and Justin Justice (RB) expected to see limited or no action because of the injuries.

"I think with our history being what it has been, it is important to do well,'' Tavares Coach George
Sneed said. "Obviously we want to eliminate mistakes and we'd like to keep the football as long as
possible.''

The Bulldogs, in their spring game against Mount Dora, had five turnovers and were unable to get into
the end zone despite getting deep into Hurricanes' territory on a couple of occasions.

"We are going up there, we want to play to win, we will coach it that way and we will play it that way,''
Sneed said.

Eustis at Alachua Santa Fe, 7:30 p.m.

Format: Varsity first half, JV second half.

Execution while running a limited, basic offense will be the main thing Eustis Coach Mike Knight will
be looking for.

"We are going to see how we execute and then go back and fix the things that need to be fixed next
week before we line up against Leesburg" in the season opener, Knight said.

"We are going in with a base defense and a base offense and we want to finally put some kids under
[game] pressure and see how they handle it.''

Mount Dora at Lake Weir, 7:30 p.m.

Format: Varsity for four quarters.

The object of the Kickoff Classic changes from year to year, according to Mount Dora Coach Craig
Cosden, but the basic idea doesn't change: "It gives you a chance to work on your strengths and
weaknesses, or what you perceive to be your strengths and weaknesses.''

Cosden is hoping to get a good look at both his offensive and defensive lines and special teams
during the game.

"We just want to let the kids to go out there and play for a while,'' Cosden said.

"If there is anybody we want to see, we can get some film on them, critique it, and analyze our special
teams. Then we will try to make adjustments for the first game.''